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Republic Day honours: Neil Agius and Sean Meli among recipients

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Sean Meli (left) and Neil Agius (right)  among Republic Day Honours recipients

Ultra-distance swimmer Neil Agius and swimmer Sean Meli, who saved a drowning boy last month, were among those awarded Republic Day honours by President George Vella on Monday in a special ceremony. "I am very grateful and thankful for the award. I hope my good act will inspire others to do the same, to help others in anyway they can," Meli told Times of Malta.  Swimmer and former water polo player Sean Meli was awarded the Midalija Ghall-Qlubija.  Back in November, the 33-year old was hailed a ‘hero’ after he rescued a 14-year-old Chinese boy from drowning at Qui-Si-Sana, Sliema. He would have been ‘traumatised for life’ had the young boy did not make it, so he stripped to his boxers and jumped into the rough sea to save the boy.  The ceremony took place at the President’s Pace in Valletta, where President George Vella appointed 15 members, including one organisation, to the National Order of Merit. Three were awarded on an honorary basis, and another posthumously.  Two individuals were awarded the Midalja ghall-Qlubija  (Medal for Bravery) and eleven others were awarded to the Midalja ghall-Qadi tar-Repubblika (Medal for the Service of the Republic). This is the second...

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